by Bill Norris

The Ontario Fury, Driven by Mark Christopher Chevrolet, completed a three-day, three-game sweep on the road, defeating the Chicago Mustangs 7-5 Sunday at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Ontario never trailed Sunday, as Jayme Kapinos opened the scoring 30 seconds into the game en route to a 3-2 first quarter lead. After the Mustangs tied the game at three, the Fury took advantage of power play time to take the lead before half. Already with a man-advantage, the Mustangs’ Ephraim Beard was ejected, giving the Fury a 5-on-3 advantage they would capitalize on, as Tino Nunez scored with the two extra players, then Leonardo de Oliveira fired a perfect shot into the upper corner with the remaining power play, giving the Fury a 5-3 lead at the half.

De Oliveira led the Fury’s attack again Sunday, scoring three times, including icing the game at 7-5 with a goal against the sixth attacker with 2:13 remaining in the game. He also had an assist, as the Fury also got two goals from Maicon de Abreu as well, Chicago got a two-point performance from Juan de la Cruz, as the Fury held the Mustangs’ leading scorer, Taylor Bond, to only one goal on six shots.

Ontario now returns home for a few days of training before heading the Turlock for Friday night’s regular season finale with their playoff destiny in its own hands. A win at Turlock Indoor Soccer on Friday, and the Fury will clinch second place and the final spot in the Ron Newman Cup playoffs. A loss Friday, and the Fury would need the Tacoma Stars to lose to the San Diego Sockers on Friday.

Should the Fury advance to the playoffs, Ontario will host Game 2 of the Pacific Division series against the San Diego Sockers at 7:30 p.m. March 14 at Citizens Business Bank Arena. Game 1 of the series will be at 5 p.m. March 12 at San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center. Tickets on sale date will be announced at a later date.

Season tickets for the Fury’s 2017-18 season are on sale now. Season ticket holders get the same tickets for every Fury home game, discounts on merchandise, parking and invitations to exclusive events with players throughout the season. For information about season tickets, go to OntarioFury.com or call the Fury’s offices at 909-457-0252.